As you probably know, I live in Texas and summer is always hot. Family who have visited us at this time have said they’ll never move here because of it. I get that. Most of my family is either on the West coast, Michigan, or the East coast. Only a few of us are in the mid-west/South. We get to enjoy days like today where the heat index reaches in the 115+ range.
If you wanted to cook some eggs and didn’t have a stove, the top of your car would work just fine. For our little dogs, it’s particularly tough as they are stuck indoors and in their designated area all day to prevent accidents. I truly feel for those who work outside in weather like today (if they can at all).
I was thinking earlier, if we didn’t have air conditioning, clean water, and the protection of our homes, things would be a lot different and I’m sure not as many people would move to Texas. I’ve been asked, “What do you do in the summer in Texas?”. My answer, “We stay inside, eat inside, shop inside, and, oh, watch movies at the theatre.” Sure, there are the diehards who go outside for activities, but I’m not one of those.
People who think Texas is hot should spend some time in Oklahoma or Kansas. They’re worse! The weather reminds me of the summers I’d spent in Tulsa while working to help pay for college in the ORU Financial Aide Department.
I was a student counselor and had either the joy of telling fellow students they had enough to attend or be the one who had to explain to them they needed a financial miracle if they were going to stay in school. I really enjoyed the work and made some great friends.
One of the people I got to know was the receptionist. At the time, she was probably in her sixties, had the big blonde wig thing going, and a personality like none other. She was perfect for the job. We would all share the duties of answering the phones with her and heard a lot of stories while sitting there.
You see, she was also the organist for Oral Roberts all the way back to the 50s. Back then, Oral was holding tent crusades across the country where thousands would attend (without air conditioning mind you). Being from Missouri, the summer heat didn’t bother her too much either.
I loved to hear about what would happen at the tent meetings, some of the fantastic things she’d seen where people had received a healing for one condition or another, and even about some of the funny things that happened behind the scenes.
She also loved the students and treated us all like we were her grandkids, which was always welcome because most of us were far from home during the summer and working just to be able to stay in school that fall.
Looking back, I can see how many people the Lord has put in my life that were parental figures. Most of them probably aren’t aware of the impact they had, not just in my life, but in the lives of many young people.
I’ll be sharing about a few more of them as we go, but suffice to say, when God promises us to never leave us or forsake us, He didn’t just mean to be with us in a spiritual sense. He meant that He would help bring people into our lives at just the right time, if for no other reason, to bring friendship, guidance, or maybe just a little bit of joy.
So, tonight, even though it’s hot outside, there may be someone who we can bring a bit of joy to inside as well. It may be a neighbor, friend, family member, or even a stranger at the store. The weather may make people miserable, but we can help bring a smile or encouraging word to help lift someone’s spirit. Stay cool out there, and safe too, my friends…!